This year’s edition of the Barbe-Acadiana football rivalry follows the typical script.
Each team is undefeated and ranked in the top 10 of both the Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll and the state power rankings. The winner of tonight’s game in Scott will take control of the District 3-5A race.
Barbe (4-0, 1-0) head coach Mike Cutrera said the high stakes doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of the series.
“It is a good rivalry,” he said. “You know you are playing the best and you know they are going to give their best. It has been a good game through the years.”
Cutrera said he doesn’t expect that to change this time around.
“They are a typical Acadiana team,” he said “They are a solid team and are well coached by (Ted Davidson). You know you are playing a team that is capable of winning a state championship.”
The Rams (4-0, 1-0) are led by the backfield trio of Ziggy Francis, Dillon Monette and Jaylen James, who have combined for 1,307 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Francis and James each average more than 10 yards per carry. Jaylon Borrell has completed eight passes, but five have gone for touchdowns.
Barbe has had little trouble putting points on the board. The Bucs have scored at least 41 points in all four games, averaging 49.8. Quarterback Luke Richard has thrown for 866 yards and 13 touchdowns, and run for 182 yards and six scores. Backs Jaivan Samuel and Dana Fontenot have combined for 753 yards and six touchdowns. Receiver Jaylon Smith has 28 catches for 427 yards and five touchdowns.
The Bucs have already brought home a quality win, beating last year’s Division III state champion Riverside Academy on the road in Week 2.
“Our kids have been through the routine of a road game,” Cutrera said. “The nondistrict schedule has prepared us for district. The district is a tough one, hopefully that will prepare us for the playoffs.”
LaGrange (0-3, 0-1) at New Iberia (1-3, 0-1)
The Gators will look to break into the win column against the Yellow Jackets, who have lost three consecutive games, including a blowout to Acadiana last week. LaGrange will look to build on last week’s showing by quarterback Colton Frank, who completed 20 of 25 passes for 275 yards in a loss at Comeaux.